biography
Renée E. Thompson
Mediator

Renée is a mediator from Ocala, Florida. She is an active leader in The Florida Bar and has received the Bar President’s Award of Merit twice while serving on the Board of Governors. She established a reputation at a young age as a high achiever, as President of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division and inaugural Chair of The Florida Bar Leadership Academy. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law in the area of Practice Management and Technology, and has received the General Practice/ Solo and Small Firm Section’s Walter S. Crumbley Award for her contributions in the area of Practice Management. She has been married for 20 years to the Hon. Thomas “Tommy” P. Thompson III, Marion County Judge.

Professional Education and Qualifications

J.D.    University of Florida Levin College of Law, with honors, 1999
B.S.    University of South Florida, magna cum laude, 1996
Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator
Florida Supreme Court Certified County Mediator
U.S. Middle District Court Civil Mediator
Dispute Resolution Center, Assistant Trainer, Circuit and County Mediation
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Mortgage Modification Mediator
Residential Foreclosure Mediation Certification

Professional Activities

  • The Florida Bar
    • Board of Governors:
      Representative (2009-2011 YLD; 2013-present, Fifth Circuit)
      Executive Committee (Member 2010-2011, 2014-2016, 2017-2019)
      Strategic Planning Committee (Member 2009-2011, 2014-2019)Board Technology Committee (Chair 2019- present, Member 2015-present)
      Budget Committee (Chair 2018-2019, Chair-Elect 2017-2018, Member 2016-2017)
      Program Evaluation Committee (Chair 2017-2018; Chair-Elect 2016-2017, Member 2014-16)
      Communications Committee (Chair 2015-2016, Member 2013-2016)
      Fifth Circuit Grievance Committee Designated Reviewer (2013-present)
      Discipline Review Committee (Member 2009-2011, 2013-2014)
      Special Committee on Trust Accounting Solutions (Member 2016-2019)
      Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Board Liaison (2017-2019)
      Council of Sections Board Liaison (2018-present)
      Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Board Liaison (2015-2017)
      Animal Law Committee Board Liaison (2013-2016)
      YLD Board Liaison (2013-2014)
    • Leadership Academy Committee (Inaugural Chair 2013-2015, Member 2015-2017)
    • Annual Convention Committee (Chair 2015-2016, Member 2007-2009, 2014-2019)
    • Vision 2016 Commission, Technology Subgroup (2013-2016)
    • Hawkins Commission Review of Discipline (Vice Chair, 2011-2012)
    • Solo Small Firm Section (Executive Committee 2016-present)
    • Animal Law Section (Executive Committee 2017-present, Member 2016-2017)
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution Section (BOG Section Liaison 2017-2019; Membership Committee 2010-2012)
    • Committee on Technology (Member 2014-2016)
    • Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference, Panelist (2011, 2014)
    • Florida Bar Foundation, Fellow (2007-present), Florida Justice Technology Center Board (2016-present)
  • United States Middle District Court
    • Grievance Committee, Ocala Division (Chair 2012-2015)
    • Local Rules Advisory Committee (Member 2016-present)
  • Florida Supreme Court
    • Historical Society, Board of Trustees (Special Projects Chair 2016-present, Trustee 2011-present)
    • Dispute Resolution Center Annual Conference Speaker: Women Mediators and Gender Dynamics (August 2015), Tips & Techniques: How to Break An Impasse (August 2012)
  • National Conference of Bar Presidents
    • Midyear Meeting Speaker, Artificial Intelligence and Evolving Technology: Do you Know Whether Your Professional Responsibility Has Changed (February 2017)
  • Professional Mediation Institute
    • Workers Compensation Educational Conference Presenter, The Influence of Social Media on Technology (August 2018)
    • Workers Compensation Educational Conference Presenter, Technology and Social Media: Is Your Practice Slick and Savvy, or Slothful and Sluggish? (August 2017)
  • American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Spring Conference Speaker, Affiliate Leadership Training: Now You’re a Leader (May 2015)
  • Fifth Circuit Professionalism Conference Faculty Presenter, Changes in the Profession: The New Legal Marketplace (2016, 2011)
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  • Marion County Bar Association President (2014-2015)
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Marion County Chapter
  • Citrus County Bar Association Law Day Speaker: Leadership in Law  (May 2019)
  • Leadership Ocala/Marion, Class XXI

Honors

  • The Florida Bar
    • General Practice/Solo Small Firm Section Walter S. Crumbley Practice Management Award 2016
    • President’s Award of Merit, 2015 (Given by President Gregory W. Coleman)
    • Animal Law Committee Board Liaison Recognition, 2015
  • Fastcase 50 Award Winner 2019
  • Florida Association of Women Lawyers, Leader in the Law 2012
  • R. Smith American Inn of Court, “Inny” Award 2012
  • The University of Florida Levin College of Law, Outstanding Young Alumnus 2011
  • Florida Trend Magazine Florida, Legal Elite 2015, 2016, Up and Comer, 2011

 Selected to Super Lawyers 2015-2020